This week we were fortunate to have Joshua in the states and also have him lead our Friday morning staff tea tasting. We finished off the series with Silver Needle, White Peony, White Buds and Moonlight White.
It's a treat to be able to learn so much about white tea from Joshua himself. He prepared the tea in cupping sets and allowed us all to visually inspect, smell and taste all four teas.
He talked about the history, processing and brewing methods of all of these teas.
It also got us excited about the upcoming white tea harvest. White tea is usually harvested the last few days of March and the beginning of April. We are only weeks away from the highly anticipated spring tea harvest!
White tea originated in Fujian, China. From there we offer the traditional and organic Silver Needle and White Peony. However, we also offer two white teas from Yunnan, China, one of the oldest tea cultivation zones. Those teas are organic and fair trade certified and hand harvested from ancient tea trees deep in the jungle. Through these teas we are able to blend together ancient tea history with a newer type of tea.
Looking back at last year, 2010 was a difficult year for farmers. The weather was not as cooperative as it has been in the past. Young buds were shocked with a freeze as they emerged causing farmers to summon farming wisdom. Despite any challenges they might have faced they still provided us with tea we are proud to share with our customers. We are fortunate to have such talented partners at origin and have Joshua creating relationships with those who grow and process our teas. Through that direct contact he is able to relay information on specific teas such as he did at our tasting.